How to Find a Technical Founder/CTO

Author Erik

Date 15 - 12 -20

Reading Time 5 minutes

Today I attended a webinar on How to find a technical founder/CTO. It was hosted by Nelly Yusupova, a CTO with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a startup tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs. The stated goal of the webinar was to learn:

  • Where to find a tech cofounder or CTO
  • How to build your tech network so you have a better chance of finding a tech cofounder or CTO
  • How to evaluate if someone would make a great CTO or tech co-founder
  • The strategy for building your MVP without a technical co-founder or CTO so you can attract them to your company

Overall, the webinar was worthwhile. She did share useful perspectives on the stated topics. She also pitched her online master class. As she explained, the class covers ten modules: 

  • Module 1: Validate & Refine the Idea
  • Module 2: Build an Interactive Prototype
  • Module 3: Create Technical Specifications
  • Module 4: Pick The Right Tools & Technologies
  • Module 5: Determine the Price and Budget & Define Your MVP
  • Module 6: Hire a Tech Team
  • Module 7: Design Your MVP
  • Module 8: Project Manage The Coding of the MVP
  • Module 9: Hosting, Security, and Scaling Techniques
  • Module 10: Refine product based on data

It was great to walk through this and understand her suggested approach to building a team and a minimum viable product (MVP), even if you're not technical, and in the process "earn" a technical cofounder/CTO. As she completed the overview of her masterclass, I was happy to conclude that the journey of GreatAlbum so far has already reached Module 8 with our Private Beta Launch and is currently working on both Module 8 and 9 items as we stabilize and enhance the product, accept more users into the Private Beta and prepare for a Public Beta.

I'm there is still lots I could learn from masterclass, but for now I'm happy just to receive validation that we're on a good course. I'll continue to focus on optimizing the team, cultivating user engagement and pitching our vision to advisors and potential investors!

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